First Friday Feature: Midcentury Revive Design

Sometimes you don’t need a full gut and remodel in order to create a spectacular-looking kitchen. Today we’re going to show you why. Enter Exhibit… well, we actually don’t know what to call it since we’ve shown you several before! If you haven’t heard us talking about our Revive design services, here’s your quick intro. Imagine having a great layout but just disliking a few colors. Consider the fact that demoing your entire kitchen just isn’t practical for you and your family right now. Or you honestly just don’t want to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars when you’re moving in a couple of years. As long as you are keeping your cabinet boxes, a Revive design is perfect for you! You’d be surprised by how much just changing a few materials and colors can do for a space, like todays’ feature!

Cabinets and Construction

So as you can see by the before and after pictures, a Revive design doesn’t change the layout much, if at all. So overall, your function will remain relatively the same. However, with just a few changes you get a brand new look! For this kitchen, we kept the original cabinets and hardware, and just restained the door and drawer fronts and cabinet exteriors. The stain color wasn’t too different from their original since that color is used elsewhere in the home, but the extra layers added some depth to the grain. We then installed a few floating shelves, stained to match the cabinets, to provide some extra storage on empty walls. We did have to modify the sink base by adding some frame stock and a false drawer front. This allowed us to switch from the existing apron front and install a new undermount sink.

midcentury revive design before after oven wall

Counters and Backsplash

The counter and backsplash materials are honestly what really transform this space. Counters were originally a dark almost black stone that got “lost” in the kitchen. New Calacatta Da Vinci quartz not only brightens it up but also provides that stain- and scratch-resistant surface the client wanted. The backsplash tile then provides a fun mid-century pop of color. We installed Red Rocks Tileworks’s 2×8 in Juniper in a horizontal straight lay. Paired with an Alabaster grout color, and painting the window trim a matching green, this splash really wows!

midcentury revive design before after sink corner

The Other Stuff

The new undermount sink is a Blanco Diamond Silgranit, in White, blending beautifully with the counters. It’s paired with the Blanco Sonoma Pull Down Faucet in Stainless Steel. A few demoed pendants clean up the look around the sink windows, and recessed cans replace for additional task lighting. The client reinstalled all of their existing appliances as they all functioned perfectly fine. Since cabinets didn’t change, there was also not a need to redo the flooring – another huge budget saver. Overall, we love how this Revive design turned out, and check out how it blends so nicely into the entryway!

midcentury revive design entire kitchen after

Learn more about our Revive design services by learning about the “First R of Renovating: Refinishing” or be inspired by checking out some of our Favorite Revive Designs of years past.

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